As part of Sandhill View Academy’s work related learning curriculum every year all of our Y9 students are offered the opportunity to take part in a “Take Your Child to Work Day”.
The date for this year’s Year 9 students is Monday 15th May 2018.
It is an opportunity for students to spend a day with an employer or other organisation, allowing them to experience as far as possible the hours, working conditions and regulations they may encounter when they go to work themselves.
We do understand that for a variety of reasons it may not be possible for every Year 9 student to take part. To ensure students have equality of opportunity we would suggest asking relatives or friends if they would be able to accommodate students who are not able to accompany a parent or carer.
If a suitable placement is still not available, students will need to be in school following normal lessons or other activities. Parents should use their own judgement about where their child goes. However if parents/carers work at home or alone, it is unfortunately not a new learning experience or environment, therefore it is not suitable.
We hope that as many students as possible will be able to accompany and work shadow a parent/carer throughout a normal working day. Students will travel to and from work with their parent/sponsor and will be covered by the insurance and ‘Health and Safety’ procedures of the organisation they are visiting. Students will be provided with a “Take Your Child to Work Booklet” which they should complete during the day. There will also be a small section to be completed by the person being accompanied/shadowed.
Last year many of our Y9 pupils seized the opportunity to find out more about their parents’ workplace by accompanying their parent or carer to work. Pupils visited a variety of sectors: education, business, finance, building and construction, design to name but a few, giving them a valuable insight into the careers available in the north-east. Our pupils received very positive feedback and were a credit to themselves and to Sandhill View. It is just a bit worrying that they wanted to stay a bit longer in the workplace!